T20 FIFA World Cup 2021, India and New Zealand today: From an expected opening match in the park to clinging to the T20 World Cup campaign in the 2021 FIFA World Cup, Team India have experienced a whole host of emotions already. Now, Men in Blue face the Black Caps in a do-or-die match in Dubai today.
Having been completely outgunned before suffering a 10 wicket defeat to Pakistan in their opening match, India will be looking to hold the ship and get their first points on the board in Super 12. But it’s easier said than done with New Zealand’s stealth team. waiting to pounce. The Black Caps also suffered defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their opening group match and they will need to beat India to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
India vs New Zealand history: New Zealand is India’s biggest bogeyman at the World Cup, with 2003 the last time the Men in Blue team won the Black Cup once in cricket’s biggest competition. On that occasion, Sourav Ganguly’s side inflicted a seven-wicket defeat to the kiwi led by Stephen Fleming at Centurion. Even this win came after a 16-year wait. India had defeated New Zealand twice in the 1987 World Cup, followed by two losses in the 1992 and 1999 editions.
Since then, India have faced New Zealand three times in the World Cup Finals, losing all three, including a semi-final defeat at the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup in England.
The numbers make for a grim reading of the T20 World Cups. India has not beaten New Zealand by the shortest form in any ICC event. In 2007, in the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup, the Black Caps team won by 10 runs. In 2016, New Zealand had a 47-round win.
In general, in India’s 10 World Cup matches against New Zealand, the “Men in Blue” team won only three times.
Kohli’s Choice Dilemma: On the eve of the confrontation, India captain Virat Kohli gave an update on the fitness of multiplayer Hardik Pandya. Kohli said the Baroda man had to regain full fitness to give more or two.
Kohli said it’s important to have a sixth choice of bowling, either through him or through Pandya.
The Team India mantra confirmed that Pandya’s shoulder injury was not an issue, but also hinted at the selection of Shardul Thakur. Kohli said that Shardol is in their plans and he is constantly defending himself. He added that Chardol was someone who could add value to the team.
India team behind Al Shami: Al-Kohli also criticized the trolls for targeting Mohammed Al-Shami after the loss to Pakistan. Kohli condemned the mass insults of a Bengali bowler and said that attacking someone because of their religion is the most pathetic thing a human can do.
Kohli added that they played on the field and were not a bunch of vulnerable trolls on social media.
Bolt warning: New Zealand soccer player Trent Bolt has revealed how he has targeted India’s star-studded batting squad, having developed an understanding of their playing style during his time in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The early wicket player Bowler said early wickets are the focus as a bowling group, adding that they need to be gentle and precise where they put the ball.
Bolt said he also saw how the top Indian team struggled with Shaheen Shah Afridi’s speed and swing, adding that as a left-back himself, he would try to do the same against India.
Major Battles of India and New Zealand: For two star-studded teams, there will be plenty of small fights that can change the fortune of a match when Men in Blue take over the Black Caps.
Rohit Sharma vs. Tim Southee, Tim Southee: The Mumbai Indians’ opener will be a left-arm encounter at Trent Bolt, after he was knocked out by hyper-pace and swung the other left wing at Shaheen Shah Afridi in the match against Pakistan. Bolt has faced Rohit three times in the international T20s, and has been knocked out twice.
Rohit also struggled against Tim South, who knocked him out three times in the international T20s.
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma vs Mitchell Santner: New Zealand captain Williamson might imagine the orthodox style of Mitchell Santner versus Rohit and Rahul. Santner has already knocked out Rohit twice in international cricket. Rahul has a 97.1 hit average against left-arm orthodox bowling in the T20s, although he scored 55 points from 33 balls against Santner in the five-game series in 2020.
Ken Williamson vs. Varun Chakravarthy: Williamson has shown some discomfort with right-leg bowling in the past two years. India could exploit this weakness and pit Varun against Kiwi, who scored just twice from four balls in their IPL encounter.